China to suspend US Navy visits to Hong Kong

epa08036841 Pro-democracy protesters climb a wall during a march in Tsim Sha Tsui district, Hong Kong, China, 01 December 2019. Thousands of black-clad protesters returned to the streets ending a week-long lull after a landslide win in the district council elections for the pro-democracy camp. Hong Kong is in its sixth month of mass protests, which were originally triggered by a now withdrawn extradition bill, and have since turned into a wider pro-democracy movement. EPA-EFE/MIGUEL CANDELA

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China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday it has suspended the review of requests by U.S. military ships and aircraft to visit Hong Kong in response to legislation passed by U.S. lawmakers in support of protesters in the China-ruled territory.

The Chinese government also sanctioned U.S.-headquartered non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch for supporting extremist, violent activities in Hong Kong, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

“In response to the unreasonable behaviour of the US side, the Chinese government has decided to suspend reviewing the applications for US warships to go to Hong Kong for recuperation as of today,” foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

Last week, China said it would take “firm counter measures” if the United States continues to interfere in Hong Kong.

Singapore Times / Washington Post 


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